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A Way to Think About Modern CRM

by Jose Cebrian
July 31, 2017
A Way to Think About Modern CRM

When viewed in comparison to the paid media evolution over many generations, from newspaper to radio to TV to the many digital formats of today, customer relationship management (CRM) is considered less than sexy — even antiquated, in some circles. I beg to disagree. Mass media and top-of-the-funnel tactics are critically important to grow a brand and a business. From the agency side, the big dollars associated with them are also attractive. But CRM is exciting, too, for many reasons. Here, I’ve outlined a few. CRM is multichannel. No longer confined to direct mail and email, CRM encompasses push and in-app messaging, SMS, addressable display and social, as well as messaging apps embedded on your site or in platforms like Facebook Messenger. The channels you use will depend in part on the data you have today, but over time, they will expand. As you move into new channels, think about them as part of your overall customer... Read more

The Currency of People-Based Marketing

by Michael Hemsey
April 21, 2017
The Currency of People-Based Marketing

Think of what comprises people-based marketing for an enterprise brand. Is it: Defining why, and how, a brand needs to evolve the sophistication of their people-based marketing solutions? Knowing how to create a sophisticated value-chain of cross functional teams and platforms throughout an enterprise? Defining the investment required of a brand to implement, and evolve, their people-based marketing platforms? Seamlessly integrating people-based marketing technology assets within a brands existing technology solution stack, including partners and alliances? Managing continuous improvement throughout all components of the people-based marketing value chain? Identifying the investment required of a brand to deliver people based media and content, over time... Read more

Win the Connected Traveler with Connected Loyalty Strategies

by Allison Cripps Ferguson
March 23, 2017
Win the Connected Traveler with Connected Loyalty Strategies

"Travel in the young is part of education, in the elder a part of experience." Francis Bacon made this observation in the 17th century, and it resonates now. Travel today is a highly aspirational, emotional, and educational experience. However, today's experience is largely a digital one, which is evolving our roles as hoteliers and marketers at the very pace of innovation. We must constantly use people-based marketing to re-imagine how we connect with travelers and inspire them to connect in return. There is much in play to win the hearts, minds, and spend of the digital or so called "connected" traveler, who controls an estimated $180B global stay spend on hotels, vacation rentals, and packages. Hotel companies, via their loyalty programs, have the opportunity to become the hub for the self-service, end-to-end experience of the connected traveler... Read more

[Webinar] Retention and Loyalty. The End Is Only the Beginning.

by Julia Leyrer
March 20, 2017
[Webinar] Retention and Loyalty. The End Is Only the Beginning.

Join Merkle to understand how to better leverage digital tactics through addressable marketing and owned media experiences for cross-sell, upsell and retention. We will help you identify your target audience for retention messaging and how can you drill into channels and influencers. Retention is much more than loyalty programs, learn how you can upsell your offerings. Learn the importance of retention and understand how you can... Read more

5 Technology Trends Driving Engagement-Based Loyalty

by Geoffrey Smalling
February 23, 2017
5 Technology Trends Driving Engagement-Based Loyalty

Loyalty programs continue to proliferate, while customers’ expectations continue to evolve. Program innovations are more important than ever, facilitating new ways for brands to focus on delivering seamless experiences when and where their best customers want them. In 500friends’s recent webinar, Geoffrey Smalling, CTO of 500friends, a Merkle Company, spoke about innovative ways, outlined below, that technology can facilitate collecting loyalty data to create experiential moments, keeping your loyalty members engaged and driving deep consumer value... Read more

When Navigating The Complex IoT Channel, Marketers Need To Think Big But Focus Narrowly

by Michael Hemsey
February 09, 2017
When Navigating The Complex IoT Channel, Marketers Need To Think Big But Focus Narrowly

The rise of artificial intelligence and its voice interface will force brands to scramble if they are to become the default recommendation for Alexa-type home devices. At the same time, increasingly effective face-and-gesture recognition will capture real-time emotional responses that can influence buying decisions. And an influx of consumer data and connectedness suggests a marketing future of increased utility, robotics and hyperrelevant personalization. These trends will no doubt prove highly disruptive as more brands endeavor to become indispensable to consumers. I don’t think any brand will escape the impact of the internet of things (IoT). Whether it’s through fear of being left behind or envisioning how a brand’s literal and figurative fabric can be woven throughout consumers... Read more

[Webinar Series] Increase Matchback Rates Through Customer Identification

by Julia Leyrer
May 14, 2015
[Webinar Series] Increase Matchback Rates Through Customer Identification

We are excited to present our latest webinar series "Going Beyond Just Points: How your Loyalty Program Can Drive Actionable Insights" where we will explore how to leverage loyalty data in customer identification, engagement, and acquisition. The 1st webinar in this 3-part series, "Increase Matchback Rates Through Customer Identification", will be presented by Arif Damji, Senior Director of Strategy and Development, 500friends, a Merkle Company on Thursday May 21 at 10:00 PDT / 1:00 EDT. Large numbers of customer identities are currently unknown and brands struggle with linking together customer purchases, LTVs, and preference trends. Without the knowledge and understanding of who your customers are, you are missing out on a huge opportunity to drive customer satisfaction, enhance relevancy of messaging and offers, and increase order frequency and value. Loyalty data is th... Read more

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